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HOW TO HANDLE BUSINESS SCHOOL DEBT AFTER SCHOOL

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HOW TO HANDLE BUSINESS SCHOOL DEBT AFTER SCHOOL

Post Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:23 pm
Business school can leave you with a hefty student loan that you need to pay off, having the average debt of students in business schools being $56,000. It may seem gruesome and tedious to pay these loans off but here are some tips that can aid you to handle and pay them off with ease.
Make sure you understand your loans. You must keep track of the lender, balance, and repayment status for each of your student loans as they determine your options for loan payment and forgiveness. If you are not sure about them, ask your lender or visit www.nslds.ed.gov, as they are listed in the site. Private loans are not listed and would require a recent billing statement.
Make sure you take advantage of the Grace period given because your lender may have granted you the luxury of a grace period; a period where you do not require paying off the loan. Take full advantage of that time and fully understand your loan. Do not sit back and relax. For example, if your loan payment is $300 per month, make sure you take that $2,400 at the end of 6 months and apply it towards your loan. Doing that will lighten your burden.
Make sure you choose the right payment option. Federal loans, generally have a standard 10 year repayment plan that you could extend if you want or need to. However, the extension increases the interest that you pay back. Some options for student loans is utilizing Income Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn, where a percentage of your salary is cut and pays off your loans. Private loans, may offer a type of forbearance for a fee that you may be able to make interest-only payments for some period of time. Make sure you scrutinize your loan paperwork.
Pre-paying your loans is a good idea. If you can afford to pay more than your required payment, do it, as it can lighten your load. A request must be written to specify the extra amount that is to be applied to your loan. Your prepayment may even be credited to a future payment and may allow you not to be billed for the next month.
Make sure you pay off the most expensive loan first. Start with the loan with the highest interest rate, as it is the hardest to pay off. If you also have private loans, make sure you start with them as they have higher interest rates than federal loans.
Know whether you want to consolidate or not. A consolidation loan combines multiple loans into one for a single monthly payment and one fixed interested rate which is very appealing. Private loans can be consolidated with ease. Federal loans, should not be consolidated as you will lose all the repayment options and borrower benefits such as unemployment deferments and loan forgiveness programs.
Make sure you utilize loan forgiveness. Some programs may choose to forgive all or some of your federal student loans in certain fields or for certain types of employers even business fields. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a federal program that forgives student debt after 10 years of qualifying payments for people in the government, public service or non-profit jobs.

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